From Beyond! Film Vs Book – H.P. Lovecraft

From Beyond By H.P. Lovecraft was a relatively short story where a scientist creates a machine that allows him to see and interact with what is beyond our realm of understanding and physicality as humans. In doing so the scientist is corrupted and ends up trying to kill his friend who didn’t believe in him.

Comparing the story to the movie is difficult. The movie covers the short story in about the first five minutes. Then adds some BDSM and a lot of sexual undertones before going into a plot about brain sucking, monsters, and what I can only describe as a collision of two universes that already exist ontop of each other but don’t actually interact with.

In many ways, the movie is a continuation of the short story and expands on the idea of what could have happened next while moving it from Lovecraft’s era into the 1980’s. This is one of those movies where it’s very hard to say what’s happening at times because it’s weird fiction. It’s unpredictable.

This was an enjoyable movie. I really liked waiting to see what was going to happen next. There’s not a lot of movies where you get to see two beings become one while battling each other and have humans evolve because of the growth of their amygdala which causes there to be added sexuality and violence. There are a few times when you wonder why people don’t stop doing what they are doing to keep everything from continuing but at the end of the day, this movie is fairly solid.

How are the stories connected? The movie takes over where the short left off. It’s more like a sequel than an actual movie of the short. Which is wonderful because the movie of the short would be about 10-15 minutes long.

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